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Penny Vincenzi
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10 July 2012

American heiress Virginia Praeger has everything she could wish for - except love. Until, that is, she meets Alexander, Earl of Caterham, and begins a new life in England as a wife, mother, and successful interior designer.

But Virginia has something to hide: her husband is not the father of their children. When they - and the rest of the family - find out, there will be a battle to the death to gain control of the vast Praeger inheritance.

And when the revelations begin, it's clear that perhaps money can't buy everything after all... Wicked Pleasures is a stunning tale of greed, betrayal, and the power of family ties.

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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755332385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755332380
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penny Vincenzi is one of the UK's best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first novel, Old Sins, was published in 1989, she has written fourteen bestselling novels, most recently The Best of Times and the number one bestseller An Absolute Scandal.
Her first 'proper' job was at the Harrods Library, aged sixteen, after which she went to secretarial college. She joined the Mirror and later became a journalist, writing for The Times, the Daily Mail and Cosmopolitan amongst many others, before turning to fiction. Several years later, over seven million copies of Penny's books have been sold worldwide and she is universally held to be the 'doyenne of the modern blockbuster' (Glamour).
Penny has four daughters and divides her time between London and Gower, South Wales.

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'Penny is the doyenne of the modern blockbuster' (Glamour)

'Every Penny Vincenzi is a guaranteed bestseller' (Grazia)

'These pleasures may be wicked, but they won't make you fat' (The Times)

'Deliciously readable' (Mail on Sunday)

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Family secrets and wicked deceptions abound in this delicious novel from Sunday Times Number One bestselling author Penny Vincenzi.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read... 14 April 2000
By A Customer
I have read three of Penny Vincenzi's books now and all of the are fantastic, however, this one takes the cake. I got so rapped up in the lives of the Caterhams that I couldn't put it down. Do yourself a favour and buy it. Trust me it is money very well spent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot more than a mere family saga! 23 Mar 2008
By Sissel M. Østdahl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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With "Wicked Pleasures" Penny Vincenzi has delivered a serious work, beautifully written. Victoria, Lady Caterham's, dark secret is what the book is mainly about and whether you guess or just have a clue, it will not much alter the fascination, amazement and horror with the implications for everyone concerned.

Not that the book is not entertaining. On our way through the 804 pages we encounter members of both Lady and Earl Caterham's American and English families. We follow individual lives and destinies. I daresay that few aspects of the human mind and behaviour are left untouched.

Although "Wicked Pleasures" is a page-turner, it's the kind of book I had to put down in between reading it. To absorb, to take it all in. What happens, is enormous, but having encountered a similar situation in real life, I was not as surprised as I might otherwise have been.

The initial situation leads to extremes. Indeed, the book is a lot more than a mere family saga. Add suspense, although very much hidden, and the picture will be complete.

A man's tragedy, his desperate love for his inheritance and his cleverly hidden twisted personality make for this almost unbelievable story. Excellent characterization. Chilling insight into a sick mind and its literally deadly effect on the loving and trusting, make this book a unique piece of work.

Penny Vincenzi is clearly a lot more than a mere storyteller. This book does indeed show how cruel life can be, and how fragile. How easily dreams are shattered when evil gets free reign.

Thank you to Ms Vincenzi for having written this book and shed light on such a painful and secret subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A paradox thrill. 25 Nov 2008
Wicked Pleasure is a very readable book. It starts good, and you will find yourself wanting to read the book more and more. The next thing I know, I was reading this book late into the night. The characters are all very interesting, each of them having the capacity to make one very intrigued and oddly, you will grow an affinity with its' wonderful mix of characters. I do highly recommend this book, for you will be sweep into the story this book has to offer especially with the twist in the end. Go get it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicket Pleasures 8 April 2014
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A good read from this excellent author. I was not disappointed and am definitely hooked on Penny V. I will be searching for more of her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 2 April 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book. There were twists and turns. you had a feeling you knew the family involved.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 25 Mar 2014
By ad1sam2
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I have started to read this book but I find the print a bit small. As I like Penny Vincenzi's style of writing I am perservering.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 30 Jan 2014
By Sandra
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I found this book a difficult read - so many Freds and decades and I really didn't feel I got to know Alexander.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wicked pleasures 14 Jan 2014
By liz
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Excellent! Simply outstanding, I read it for days, tried very. Hard to spread it out but found that impossible to do
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love her books. Only downside you give up a week of your life every time you read one
Published 24 days ago by stella irish
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner by Penny Vincenzi! Her stories are so ...
Another winner by Penny Vincenzi! Her stories are so addictive and so well written! I read every one of her books as they appear!
Published 1 month ago by Alison Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good long book with in interesting back story, recommended!
Published 2 months ago by Erin Cahill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant author. Just love reading her books. Just can't put them down.
Published 2 months ago by gill
3.0 out of 5 stars Wicked pleasures
I really enjoy Penny Vincenzi books and have read quite a few As always this was difficult to put down It the first book of Penny' That I have felt was too long getting started and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Long Read
An interesting family saga with, as usual, a mystery waiting to be explained. A good long read and believable characters.
Published 11 months ago by A. J. Owen
1.0 out of 5 stars unalloyed nonsense
Escapist literature must naturally get its readers to suspend disbelief. In this case however it's not so much a question of suspending disbelief as of getting rid of it... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Artemisia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
Have read this more than once over a number of years and enjoy it just as much (if not more!) every time. A real family saga that you just can't put down.
Published 13 months ago by Nickiee
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